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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2007
CONTACT: Media and Communications
951.413.3053

Main Library on Alessandro reopens April 2
Ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m.

After being closed a year ago due to water and mold damage, the Moreno Valley Public Library on Alessandro Boulevard has been cleaned and repaired and reopens to the public Monday, April 2. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. at the library, located at 25480 Alessandro Boulevard. The public is invited.

“We thought it would be nice to mark the occasion with a small ceremony,” said Library Director Cynthia Pirtle. The public has been without this library facility for a long time and so many people have worked diligently to get it functional again. We need to pause and celebrate for a few moments, then roll up our sleeves and get back to work,” Pirtle said.

The library reopening launches new operating hours as well, resulting in two additional hours of service to the public. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.

The 16,000-square-foot library opened in 1987 to serve a population of 50,000. It was part of Riverside County’s library system and then was taken over by the City in 1998. Shortly thereafter, it became clear that the building was not large enough to accommodate Moreno Valley’s vast population growth. By 2005, more than 175,000 people resided in the City and in 2006, Moreno Valley was named the sixth fastest growing City in the nation. The City had set aside some library construction funds in its capital budget and sought additional funding from other sources. Unfortunately, grant applications were turned down and California voters rejected a State Library Bond Measure last June that would have provided some funds for library construction. Meanwhile, construction and labor costs continued to escalate.

Despite these challenges, the Moreno Valley City Council remains committed to building a new, state-of-the-art library. To that end, the Council is working to establish a foundation that that will be working with staff to raise funds to build a larger facility in phases on the Civic Center campus. The first phase of the new facility will be 38,800 square feet, more than twice the size of the existing facility.

“This community needs a library large enough to accommodate our rapidly growing population. We’re not there yet, but our Council and staff are diligently working toward that goal. In the meantime, we’re grateful that the Alessandro facility is repaired and open for the public again,” said Pirtle.

For more information, call 951.413.3880.